Penguin Resumes Selling Thousands of Ebooks to Libraries

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Penguin has resumed allowing library ebook vendor OverDrive to sell its ebooks to libraries across the U.S., according to a blog post from the vendor.

Nearly two years after pulling out of selling books through OverDrive and over a year after it started slowly experimenting selling ebooks to libraries in a limited way, 17,000 digital titles from the world’s largest publisher will again be available for purchase.

Like Random House — which, along with Penguin, is now Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publisher — front-list titles will be priced higher than what consumers pay and back-list titles will be less expensive.

From OverDrive’s blog post:

Popular new releases such as Clive Cussler’s “Mirage” and Patricia Cornell’s latest Kay Scarpetta novel “Dust” will be priced at $18.99.  Backlist favorites will range from $5.99 -$9.99.

Additionally, Penguin ebooks will only be available on the Kindle via USB side-loading.

More from OverDrive.

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  3. Independent authors who’d like to follow Penguin’s lead and reach libraries, might want to include Smashwords in their release list. It doesn’t have a contract with Overdrive, but it can get ebooks to outlets such as: Baker & Taylor Blio, Library Direct, Baker-Taylor Axis360 along with the new subscription service Oyster. Just be advised that not all those links are active yet.

    Smashwords also allows you to set a separate price for libraries. Rather than make the library price higher, you might want to make the first in a series of books free to interest readers. I’ve done that with two of my books and they seem to be selling well. Two others I priced at their regular ebook price. Both those are books people are likely to want to own rather than just read through once.

    Smashwords also makes it quite easy to adjust prices up and down, so you can test what price is best. The one downside about Smashwords is that it takes charge of distribution, standing between you and the retailer. That can be good or bad. I use them for the smaller retailers, but for the biggies–Amazon and Apple–I got directly to there so I get all the control each gives to authors and publishers.

  4. Good tips on Smashwords, Michael. Another exciting reason to be with them is their new partnership with Flipkart in India, which apparently is the largest current ebook retailer in India. Will be interesting to see what happens now that Amazon.in is opening for our books too. The expansion continues…

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